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Letter: We should welcome healthy tourists back to town

Editor: I recently read in the news Mayor John Borrowman's messages to Albertans and Canadians to stay out of our town. This is wrong in so many ways. This virus is going to be with us for at least 18 months, probably much longer.
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Editor:

I recently read in the news Mayor John Borrowman's messages to Albertans and Canadians to stay out of our town.

This is wrong in so many ways. This virus is going to be with us for at least 18 months, probably much longer.

Until there is a vaccine, we must learn to live with it. We cannot shut down our tourist town for that long or it will be destroyed.

Instead, now is the time that we should be inviting Canadian tourists to come and enjoy our beautiful town – as long as they are not sick and follow all the social distancing and health guidelines.

If we do this, the risk to our citizens and our health system is extremely low.

I know you are just trying to protect our town but your actions are in fact doing just the opposite. Most tourist oriented businesses will go bankrupt if you continue along your current path until a vaccine is found.

It is time. Invite the tourists in – please.

Don Shaw,

Canmore



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